How do we resolve this? She chose the home.My mom who is 101 years old moved into a nursing home 6 weeks ago. She had been living at home with my sister, who is somewhat physically challenged. Over 5 months ago, mom had a fall and needed 24 hour care and help getting in and out of the bathroom. My other sister moved in with both of them to keep mom at home. I live out of town and came twice a week to give relief to my sisters. My mom also received outside help each day.
The issue is that now that mom has moved into the nursing home, my sister insists that the 3 of us cover her waking hours at the nursing home. My sister says that the staff is not watching over mom well enough and things are not being done correctly. Also, mom has developed some type of dementia to cope with the change and becomes very agitated at meal time when we do not eat with her (she requires someone to feed her now). I feel that now that she has settled in somewhat and learned the routine, we should back off and visit outside of meal time and allow the staff to do their jobs.When the staff comes in, my mom smiles and laughs but with us she is surly. I agree that the beginning was very rough and that she was terrified of the place and what had happened but now she is familiar with it.
Some staff are better than others. That is true but there is no abuse. Some are just doing their jobs and some are more compassionate and willing to do more. I believe we are interfering with them when they are trying to do their jobs and that mom would be better to have her meals without us around to upset her.
Another thing is that I live out of town and have to drive about 50 miles round trip each day to do my "shift" which is either 8am - 12 or the dinner hour and bedtime from 4-9pm.
My sister refuses to listen and even try to back off even by 1 meal. She says if I won't come, she will have to do it herself and would I just leave my mom alone as if I was subjecting her to torture.
Does anyone have experience with this type of situation? I am going crazy and have no life left.